January 18, 2018

Eurojust – Anti mafia joint action in Italy and Germany

Today, during an international joint action day in Italy and Germany, 160 people were arrested. More are expected to be apprehended. They are suspected of participation in a mafia-type (‘ndrangheta) organised criminal group, attempted murder, extortion, money laundering, firearms-related offences and other crimes. Today’s operation is the culmination of lengthy and complex investigations, initiated and conducted in Italy by the Reparto Operativo Speciale (ROS) under the leadership of the Procura della Repubblica – Direzione Distrettuale Antimafia (DDA) of Catanzaro. In Germany, the operation involved several Prosecutor General’s Offices and Prosecution Offices in four German Federal States (Baden-Württemberg, Hesse, Bavaria and…

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European Commission defend judicial independence in Poland

Despite many efforts during the past two years to involve the Polish authorities in a constructive dialogue in the context of the framework for the rule of law, the European Commission has decided today that there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the rule of law in Poland. The Commission therefore proposes to the Council to adopt a decision under Article 7 (1) of the EU Treaty. The Commission simultaneously published today (fourth) recommendation on the rule of law clearly indicating what  steps can be taken by the Polish authorities to tackle the current situation. If the Polish authorities consider…

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Fatou Bensouda, appoints Patricia V. Sellers, Special Adviser on Gender

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, appoints Patricia V. Sellers as her Special Adviser on Gender. The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Patricia Viseur Sellers as her Special Adviser on Gender. Ms Sellers is an international criminal lawyer with more than two decades of experience working in the fields of international criminal justice and human rights as a practitioner, lecturer, policy adviser, and advocate for women’s rights and gender equality. In the ongoing implementation of the Office’s Policy Paper on Sexual and Gender-Based Crimes,…

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Assembly activates Court’s jurisdiction over crime of aggression

The Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“the Assembly”) held its sixteenth session from 4 to 14 December 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The Assembly was attended by States Parties, observer States, invited States, international and regional organizations and representatives from civil society. The session was opened by the outgoing President of the Assembly, H.E. Minister Sidiki Kaba (Senegal), who also presided over the election of Judge O-Gon Kwon (Republic of Korea), who will serve as President for the seventeenth to nineteenth sessions (2018-2020). The Assembly also elected Ambassador…

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Suspect arrested in Spain

Serbian murder suspect arrested in Spain with Eurojust’s support The Hague, 18 December 2017 In the evening of 14 December, the Spanish Guardia Civil apprehended a dangerous and armed fugitive, a Serbian national nicknamed “Igor the Russian”, in the Province of Teruel, Spain. A shooting occurred during the arrest, and two officers of the Guardia Civil and a third Spanish citizen tragically died as a result. The arrested fugitive was sought by the Italian Authorities for two murders and other serious crimes committed in Italy. The Public Prosecution Office of Bologna, which coordinated the Italian investigation carried out by the…

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Synthetic drug trafficking dismantled

International criminal network involved in synthetic drug trafficking dismantled On 12 December 2017, a coordinated international operation supported by Eurojust and Europol took down an organised crime group (OCG) involved in the production and trafficking of drugs and psychotropic substances and in money laundering. The law enforcement and judicial authorities of Iceland, the Netherlands and Poland carried out joint operations against this organised crime group mainly consisting of Polish nationals. The operations were coordinated via a Coordination Centre established at Eurojust with the active participation of Europol. As a result of these operations, 8 suspects were arrested, 30 locations were searched and different types…

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Europol /Eurojust successful operation

                        Successful operation against sexual exploitation of women The Hague, 15 December 2017 Eurojust and Europol have supported coordinated judicial investigations in Spain (Investigative Court no 34 and Prosecution Office in Madrid) and Romania (DIICOT Prosecution Office) to dismantle an organised criminal group (OCG) involved in trafficking women for sexual exploitation in Madrid. On the law enforcement side, the Spanish Guardia Civil and the Romanian Police have joined forces, supported by Europol. The investigation began in 2016, when the Spanish Guardia Civil received a report from a Romanian woman. She had…

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Europol – Tons of drugs seized

Twenty-three people arrested and tons of drugs seized in action against international criminal organisation The Hague, 15 December 2017 Judicial and law enforcement authorities from Germany, Spain, Italy, France and Austria combined forces to dismantle an organised criminal group involved in the smuggling of huge quantities of hashish and marijuana  from a base of operations in the Province of Cadiz, Spain, to other Member States, in an operation called ‘Maestro’, ‘Turbofan’ and ‘Undertaker’. These latest actions resulted in the arrest of twenty-three people: eight in Italy, thirteen in Spain (comprising nine Spanish and three German citizens and one Russian national)…

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Appeals Chamber hears oral arguments in the Šešelj case

Judge Theodor-Meron. The Appeals Chamber of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals hears oral arguments in the Šešelj case The Hague, 13 December 2017- The Appeals Chamber of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, composed of Judge Theodor Meron, presiding, Judge Lee G. Muthoga, Judge Florence Rita Arrey, Judge Ben Emmerson, and Judge Ivo Nelson de Caires Batista Rosa heard today oral arguments in the appeal filed by the Prosecution against the judgement of acquittal in the case of Mr. Vojislav Šešelj, rendered on 31 March 2016 by Trial Chamber III of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY)….

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Prosecutor Brammertz speaks in Washington

Arusha, The Hague, 12 December 2017 – Prosecutor Serge Brammertz of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) spoke today at the briefing entitled “The International Tribunal and Beyond: Pursuing Justice for Atrocities in the Western Balkans” organized by the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (Helsinki Commission) and the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC). The aim of the briefing was to assess the Tribunal’s achievements and limitations and what still needs to be done by the countries of the region to seek justice in outstanding cases, bring…

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